I preferred this novel to other detective style stories because it seemed a lot less plot led. Rather than getting caught up in the missing man, and the murder, Gwenni’s life and the secrets she finds out become the focus of the plot. The missing man is essentially a means to an end. Why does Gwenni’s mum hate her so much? Why does everyone know everyone’s business, but not say anything? If you fancy a read that will pull you in then this is certainly a book for you. Don’t be fooled by the naive narrative in the first section, over the novel the protagonist becomes increasingly aware of the world she lives in, and the people that have manipulated her situation. The end section is actually fairly harrowing at times, and I’d be surprised if you don’t find yourself disliking her mother.
About the plot
Gwenni is different. She thinks and behaves differently to everyone around her, and so when a local man goes missing she becomes a ‘detective’, even though it is not the sort of thing girls should be doing. The story that Gwenni unfolds becomes a lot deeper than she expects, unravelling the multitude of lies that the society she lives in keeps. The secrets that she beings to understand reveal much more about Gwenni and her family than she expects, and the things she unearths change everything for good.
Why you should read it and my personal response